We've already outlined why Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz might be the perfect fight for everyone involved and now it seems that belief may be gaining traction. In terms of a contest, it's unlikely to offer anything in the way of a lengthy battle. But, having said that, the featherweight champion couldn't manage that so it's not exactly a prerequisite.
What McGregor vs Diaz would bring is interest and lots of it. Granted, it may not be one for martial arts purists but the trash talking and PR possibilities in the build up to the fight would be unlike anything the UFC has seen to date. It would be two men who simply can't shut up not wanting to give each other a moment's peace. It would be psychological warfare and it would be incredibly compelling to watch.
Nate Diaz is a 'character' in the most Irish sense of the word. In other words, he's absolutely off the wall and you don't want to call him anything else just in case he hears about it. With that in mind, the possibility of a fight against Diaz to welcome McGregor to the lightweight division is very tempting. And it's starting to be taken seriously.
Joe Rogan discussed the possibility with Brendan Schaub and Eddie Bravo on the latest episode of his podcast and even watching them discuss the possibility of the fight is highly entertaining stuff.
It may not be the fight for the lightweight title that McGregor is so determined to get but perhaps that's not a bad thing. Take the fight against Diaz (or even some other lightweight contender) grow the hype a bit more. Then break some records by going up against Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 before being fully ready to go for the lightweight belt as well. It's certainly an appealing scenario.
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